BWFS Team helps Nutrition Group become UK’s Largest Protein Bar Manufacturer
“Just wanted to send an email to express my gratitude, so far, the project has been handled impeccably. The service we have received has been world class.
I have spent the day with a big smile on my face watching the wrapper, it's a massive relief and a weight off my shoulders to see it running so well.
Please send my thanks to our Italian colleagues whose professionalism has been exemplary.
This weekend I will be cheering for Italy during the rugby! Viva Italia!”
- Email from Richard Greathead, CEO, Nutrition PLC Group
When Richard Greathead, CEO of Nutrition Group PLC began his search for a manufacturer with bar line expertise and flow wrapping equipment to replace Nutrition Group’s existing line, he remembered an interaction with Sam Robinson, regional sales manager at BWFS UK, a few months before.
The main objective for Nutrition Group was increase capacity dramatically to keep up with demand.
After Nutrition Group had invested in a complete line by another manufacturer that took over 18 months to deliver and never ran successfully on site, Greathead and his team needed reliable machines and support – and fast – to make up for their supply delay caused by decreased production.
Greathead, together with JP Hildreth (an independent consultancy company), connected with Robinson, who quickly pulled in the broader team to ensure Nutrition Group would finally get the support they required to grow their business. Andrea Balasso, BDM of BWFS, Tony Perry, Applications Engineer, and Robinson teamed up to answer all of Nutrition Group’s questions and provide a customized and effective solution.
To demonstrate performance, incredible ease-of-use, and high operator satisfaction, the BWFS team took the Nutrition Group team to see another flow wrapper in the field. The committed BWFS team of engineers and support staff also took samples and film back to the BWFS facility for extensive testing to ensure the flow wrapper would work optimally, by providing high quality seals for the product and meeting the throughput requirements.
Through their attention to detail, proof of experience, and the quality of the system BWFS team offered, BWFS was ultimately selected as the finalist in a lineup of 7 competitors.
The relationship went from strong to stronger as Matteo Biscottini, project manager, consistently provided detail and communication with Nutrition Group as the project progressed through the factory. Even when the BWFS team faced severe delays due to electronic parts shortages global
ly, Biscottini was able to communicate this with the customer and maintained an ever-strengthening relationship. Biscottini continued to conduct bi-weekly meetings with NG & JP Hildreth to explain progress, and frequently sent additional emails with photos of the system at different stages of completion.
What was installed? A complete system including:
- A receiving conveyor
- An alignment system
- A transport conveyor
- A 5m Buffering conveyor
- A row removal station
- A 90-degree orientation belt
- An alignment station
- A 6 belt multi-belt feeder (infeed)
- A BW Schib CO90 flowrapper (multi jaw) with twin reel Autosplice
- A discharge conveyor with built in rejection system for spliced or empty packs
At the FAT, the customer was thrilled with how well the line ran and the commitment from our Italian colleagues. The system was then shipped and installed with a team of engineers from BW Schib, who delivered an efficient and timely service that exceeded the customer’s expectations.